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Library Director Salary

Library Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under two-thirds of Library Directors. Salaries average out to around $58K annually and spread from $26K to $93K per year. For the most part, Library Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,064 - $95,276
(Median)
$31K
$58K
$95K
MEDIAN: $57,725
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90%

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$9.76 - $27.81
(Median)
$9
$15
$28
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$31,064 - $95,276  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,435  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,184 - $92,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 373
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $27.81  
   
Overtime
$1.25 - $24.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,435  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,184 - $92,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.

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Library Director Tasks

  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Operations Management, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cataloging. Those familiar with Budget Management also tend to know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Library Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $65K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 18%




Online Research
up arrow 2%

National Average
$52,000

Cataloging
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 17%